Karuizawa 1981 Single Sherry Cask 35 Year Old #6183 / Cities of Japan 6 x 70cl
Karuizawa distillery was established in 1955 in the town of Miyota on the southern slopes of Mount Asama. It began production the following year, producing single malt for the Ocean blends from Daikoku Budoshu. Initially it was difficult for the distillery to obtain malt, but a lift on import restrictions in 1958 meant the distillery was able to experiment with the production of a Speyside-esque product, importing the same golden promise barely used at Macallan, and sherry casks. The subsequent quality of output saw it appearing in Japan as a single malt for the first time in the 1980s. Sadly, the Japanese whisky market was not strong at the time, and Karuizawa was closed in 2001 by owners, Mercian, and eventually dismantled. Its legacy is lives on however, with its still relocated to other distilleries in Japan, but predominantly in the hugely sought-after single cask releases that began to appear in 2007, from independent bottler, Number One Drinks. It is now one of the most prestige single malts on the planet, the reverence for which only grows as the remaining stock continues to thin.
Karuizawa produced outstanding whiskies, many of which have received international acclaim. They have released almost 300 single casks which are becoming increasingly rarer and rarer as demand soars.
Distilled in 1981 and laid to rest in single sherry cask #6183, this was originally bottled in 2017. This is a 2018 premium repackaging by Wealth Solutions for Dekantā for distribution.
The Cities of Japan series was commissioned by Wealth Solutions. Just 150 bottles were filled, and this number was split between six different editions, each inspired by one of Japan's most vibrant cities.
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